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Image of Loasa triloba (Ortiga caballuna). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Loasa triloba

Region Metropolitana, Reserva Nacional Río Clarillo, Chile
Altitude: 800-900 m. 10 09, 2006

 

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Species:  Loasa triloba Domb. ex A.L.Juss
Family:  Loasaceae Identification doubtful, we are going to check it in the near future. Certainty 80 %.   
Order:  Violales
Chilean Name:  Ortiga caballuna
English Name: 
German Name: 
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Record:  0572
About 42 Loasa in Chile and 21 in our data base.
About 58 Loasaceae in Chile and 36 in our data base.

 

1st Region:
Lat: 18° - 21°
Main Cities: Arica, Iquique.
2d Region:
Lat: 21° - 26°
Main Cities: Antofagasta, Calama.
3d Region:
Lat: 26° - 29°
Main Cities: Copiapó, Vallenar.
4th Region:
Lat: 29° - 32°
Main Cities: La Serena, Ovalle.
5th Region:
Lat: 32° - 33°
Main Cities: Valparaiso, Los Andes.
Metropolitan Region:
Lat: 33°- 34°
Main Cities: Santiago.
6th Region:
Lat: 34° - 35°
Main Cities: Rancagua.
7th Region:
Lat: 35° - 36°
Main Cities: Talca, Curicó.
8th Region:
Lat: 36° - 38°
Main Cities: Concepción, Chillan, Los Angeles.
9th Region:
Lat: 38° - 39°
Main Cities: Temuco, Villarrica, Pucón.
10th Region:
Lat: 39° - 44°
Main Cities: Valdivia, Osorno, Puerto Montt.
11th Region:
Lat: 44° - 49°
Main Cities: Coihaique.
12th Region:
Lat 49°- 55°
Main Cities: Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Puerto Williams.
USDA Hardiness Zone 9.  The plant does not tolerate snow, but can tolerate occasional freezing spells of about - 5° C (the typical morning frost of central Chile).     Some shadow. Some protection against direct sunlight, some shadow from vegetation, filtering about 20 - 40 % of light.     Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.   Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).   
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
White, 5 petals      Annual     

Endemic    Frequent

Height: 50 cm.

Good ornamental value (A)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Loasa triloba (Ortiga caballuna). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Loasa triloba

Region Metropolitana, Reserva Nacional Río Clarillo, Chile
Altitude: 800-900 m. 10 09, 2006

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Annual

Flower: White, 5 petals

Height: 50 cm.

 

Image of Loasa triloba (Ortiga caballuna). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Loasa triloba

V Region, Cuesta Las Chilcas, Chile
Altitude: 600 m. 09 13, 2008

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

Medium altitude up to the timber line
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.

 

Watering conditions:

Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.
Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).

 

Light conditions:

Some shadow. Some protection against direct sunlight, some shadow from vegetation, filtering about 20 - 40 % of light.

 

Image of Loasa triloba (Ortiga caballuna). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Loasa triloba

V Region, Cuesta Las Chilcas, Chile
Altitude: 600 m. 09 13, 2008

 

USES

Good ornamental value (A)

 

 

 

 

Image of Loasa triloba (Ortiga caballuna). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Loasa triloba

V Region, Cuesta Las Chilcas, Chile
Altitude: 600 m. 09 13, 2008

 

GROWING TIPS

 

This species has the following hardiness:

USDA Hardiness Zone 9. The plant does not tolerate snow, but can tolerate occasional freezing spells of about - 5° C (the typical morning frost of central Chile).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More photos (8) of Loasa triloba Domb. ex A.L.Juss available here

More species from the same Loasaceae family in our data base:

Caiophora aff.

Caiophora andina

Caiophora chuquitensis (Ortiga)

Caiophora cirsiifolia

Caiophora coronata (Ortiguilla / Clavel-ortiga / Rupa chica)

Caiophora prietea

Caiophora rosulata

Caiophora silvestris (Ortiga caballuna)

Caiophora sp. #1305

Caiophora sp. #1421

Huidobria chilensis

Loasa acanthifolia

Loasa acerifolia

Loasa caespitosa

Loasa elongata

Loasa filicifolia (Ortiga macho)

Loasa fruticosa

Loasa lateritia (Loasa roja)

Loasa longiseta

Loasa martinii

Loasa multifida

Loasa nana

Loasa nitida

Loasa pallida (Ortiga caballuna blanca)

Loasa prostrata

Loasa sp. #1408

Loasa sp. #1472

Loasa sp. #1705

Loasa sp.

Loasa tricolor var. placei (Ortiga brava / Ortiga caballuna)

Loasa tricolor var. insons

Loasa triloba (Ortiga caballuna)

Mentzelia albescens

Mentzelia chilensis

Mentzelia pinnatifida (Palo blanco)

Scyphanthus elegans (Monjita)

 

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